Russia’s Irkutsk regional authorities move to restrict tourism on Lake Baikal
Local authorities in Russia‘s Irkutsk region have adopted new Rules for the organization of tourism and recreation in the central ecological zone of the Baikal natural territory, which will limit tourist activity in Lake Baikal.
In accordance with the rules, 11 places will be allocated in the ecological zone where tourist areas will be created. For each of them, the type and specialization will be determined, as well as the potential for accommodation of tourists and vacationers and the recreational activities.
The main purpose of the rules is to comply with the maximum permissible environmental stress standards. Priority will be given to environmental tourism with a limited flow of travelers, said the press service of the Government of the Irkutsk region.
The document prescribes the rules of conduct for tourists. They are not allowed to wash cars in open waters or set up tents outside the designated areas. The authorities want to create conditions under which there will be no increased anthropogenic load in the region, and tourists will receive quality service.